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Timeless Golf Course Wedding

Do you want to transform a golf course into a fairytale wedding venue, complete with white tent, custom wood floor, and flowers for days? Yep, we can do that. Check out this video by Harvest Film Co. of one of our recent weddings. We traveled to Detroit Lakes, MN to make the golf course wedding dream come true for this couple.

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Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most trusted wedding planning teams. We guarantee your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

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How to Plan a San Diego Beach Wedding

Do you imagine yourself walking barefoot through the sand, your bridal gown flowing in the breeze, to meet your love under a tropical bamboo arch covered in orchids? Can you picture your guests sitting under umbrellas as the sun sets and you say your vows? Beach weddings are ridiculously romantic. Coupled with San Diego’s perfect weather and 70 miles of coastline, a San Diego beach wedding is perfection.

Couples who come to us dreaming of a beach wedding, usually use words like simple, organic, relaxed, effortless, and romantic to describe their perfect day. But the dirty little secret about beach weddings is that they can be anything but simple!how to plan a San Diego beach wedding

First, beaches in San Diego and surrounding cities such as Coronado and Del Mar, are public. There are a handful of hotels and event venues right on the beach that do coordinate beach ceremonies, such as Hotel del Coronado, L’Auberge, La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, and the Bahia and Catamaran Hotels in Mission Beach. These are great options if you want to have your ceremony on the sand, followed by a more traditional venue for your reception. These venues will take care of any permitting issues, setting up your ceremony space with chairs, providing a sound system, and keeping your ceremony space as private as possible.

If a traditional beachfront venue is not what you had in mind, you will need to work with the city to obtain a permit for your beach wedding. For San Diego city beaches, call 619-235-1169. The number for the Coronado permit office is 619-522-7342. Some beaches such as Torrey Pines and Silver Strand are run by the State of California and also require permits. The number to State permit office is 619-688-3385. Some cities allow small ceremonies of under 24 guests without a permit, but all cities require permits to set chairs and decor on the beach. And permits are rarely granted on holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and Independence Day.

Once you obtain your permit, you will be presented with a long list of regulations regarding glass (not allowed on the sand), alcohol (requires a special permit and security), noise (varies by city), and a variety of other issues. Make sure you understand all of the rules before you move forward with your beach wedding planning.

Some other things to consider for your San Diego beach wedding are:

  1. Guest comfort and accessibility – You love the beach and the feeling of sand between your toes. But can grandma walk on the sand to get to the ceremony? Do you have any guests in wheelchairs or that have accessibility issues? Make sure to remind guests to wear shoes appropriate for the beach. Also, bring sunscreen and consider providing market umbrellas for shade.
  2. Rentals – Hosting a wedding on the beach, like any other nontraditional venue, requires lots of coordination. First, you will need to rent everything – chairs, tables, linens, sound systems, a generator to provide power, lighting (if you will be at the beach after sunset), restrooms and possibly a tent.  Most rental companies will charge an extra delivery fee for placing items on the sand.
  3. Weather and tides – Be sure to consult tide schedules for the date and times of your wedding. Some San Diego beaches have extreme low and high tides, which will affect the amount of space you have and where you can set up on the beach.  High tides can also deposit seaweed and kelp on the beach (which attract those annoying little sand gnats) so you may want to rake the area before you set-up your wedding.  The beauty of the beach is its natural and raw nature. But this can also mean windy (sand in your eyes or your drink) and hot or cold temperatures depending on the time of year you are getting married. Have a backup plan in case of uncooperative weather. Yes, you still need a weather plan even in San Diego!
  4. Wind – Plan for wind. Ocean breezes are a daily occurrence. Sometimes the wind is gentle and does not cause any issues. But have a backup plan in case of stronger winds for place cards, programs, signs, and any ceremony decor that could blow away.

Beach weddings are our favorites, and couples come to San Diego from all over the world for a romantic wedding on the sand. Consider hiring a wedding planner with experience planning beach weddings to ensure your wedding is relaxed and romantic. For more San Diego beach wedding tips, sign-up using the form below. We hate spam and pushy people, so we won’t bombard you with stuff. Or if you prefer a consultation, you can use this form too – we always have chocolate and champagne to share!

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most trusted wedding planning teams. We guarantee your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

 

 

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Engaged? Do this FIRST!

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Before you look at venues, try on a dress or even look at Pinterest, there is one task you absolutely need to do first. Stop all of your wedding planning. Don’t do another thing. The one, and only thing, you need to do right now is set your wedding budget. I know, it’s not very sexy, but trust me, it is everything in your wedding planning.How to set a wedding budget

Did you know that couples like you underestimate the cost of their wedding by 40 percent? 40 percent! Having a true understanding of what things cost and setting a reasonable budget, will save you from overspending and fighting about money being spent. I see it all the time. Taking the time to do your budget first, is the smartest way to happy wedding planning.

So, how do you set your wedding budget? I want you to think of a concrete amount of money that you will not consider going over. What is your breaking point? Is it $15,000? $40,000? $102,350? Every couple’s financial circumstances are different. Pick the number that is comfortable to you. That’s it. Then, you fit the wedding plans to your budget, not the other way around.

Once your budget is set, then you allocate it. In general, wedding budgets are broken out like this:

50% venue, food, cake, beverages
10% photography, videography
10% entertainment
10% flowers, decor, rentals
20% attire, transportation, stationary, favors/gifts, planner

There are no hard rules to wedding budgeting though, so if you have always dreamed of being married under a ceiling of orchids, then you would allocate more money to your flowers and decor and take that extra percentage from another category. The trick is to take any extra money needed for one category from another, so you don’t go over your total budget. Make sense? I promise if you set your budget first, your wedding planning will be much easier.

Want more San Diego wedding planning tips? Just send us a quick hello using the form below. Prefer a consultation? We always have chocolate and champagne to share!

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most trusted wedding planning teams. We guarantee your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

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Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding – What You Need To Know

If you have always dreamt of a private, oceanfront wedding in San Diego, you have to see the Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum. This location offers sweeping ocean views, an outdoor ceremony lawn, easy beach access, a spacious indoor reception area, and a catering-friendly kitchen. Plus its La Jolla location is close to hotels for an easy guest commute. The reception building is modern and bright with lots of wood and glass. It can be transformed into a variety of styles to match your wedding personality. This is an extremely popular wedding venue – here are some of the reasons why:Scripps Seaside Forum Pinterest

  1. The oceanfront views
  2. Easy beach access
  3. Fits a variety of styles/decor
  4. Select your own caterer
  5. Provide your own alcohol/beverages
  6. Close proximity to hotels
  7. Private rooms for getting ready
  8. Attractive facility rental price

If you are considering the Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum for your wedding, here are a few insider tips to avoid any surprises:

  1. The parking is awful. There is a small parking lot open to the public for beach access on the weekends. You can (and should) reserve the parking spaces for your event at an additional cost. We also recommend either providing a guest shuttle from a local hotel or hiring a valet service, so your guests don’t have to deal with parking.
  2. Tables, chairs and other rentals are not included in the facility rental cost. Even though the cost to rent the forum is attractive, keep in mind you are only renting the space. This means that you will need to rent chairs, tables, linens, napkins, plates, silverware, glassware, etc from a rental vendor or from your caterer. When calculating your wedding budget, you will want to add those additional rental charges into your total for an accurate cost.
  3. Draping and lighting are extras. The Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum was designed as an educational forum. Most of the photos you see on pinterest show the back wall draped to hide the second story theater seats. Draping the back wall is gorgeous and softens the look of the room – however, this is an extra cost from an outside vendor. The same is true for the market lighting under the patio for cocktail hour and over the ceremony lawn.
  4. Even though you can provide your own alcohol, you are required to use the Forum’s exclusive vendor for bartending. They provide amazing service – you will be happy – but at an additional vendor cost. A quick note on providing your own alcohol – ensure you have someone assigned to deliver the alcohol to the forum on your wedding day. An average 100 guest wedding will require 50 bottles of wine, 150 beers and enough liquor to make 100 cocktails, plus waters, sodas and any garnishes – it can be a labor-intensive job to deliver that amount to the venue.
  5. Plan for wind. Ocean breezes are a daily occurrence at the venue. Most of the time, the wind is gentle and does not cause any issues. But have a backup plan in case of stronger winds for place cards, programs, signs, and any ceremony decor that could blow away.

The Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum is an ideal wedding venue for your beachfront San Diego wedding. It is a one-of-a-kind venue that will awe your guests and provide a stunning backdrop for your ceremony. There will be several vendors to coordinate for your wedding day, so we recommend having a professional planner on your vendor team to ensure every detail is perfect. Want more planning tips for your Scripps Seaside Forum wedding? Say hi using the form below and receive even more planning tips from Stephanie Rose Events.

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most trusted wedding planning teams. We guarantee your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

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Garden Wedding at Cape Rey Carlsbad

This garden wedding at Cape Rey Carlsbad was filled with sweet little details. The bridal bouquet, boutonniere and centerpieces, created by Franco’s Flowers, all contained a mixture of seasonal blooms and succulents.

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The ceremony aisle in the garden was lined with photos of the bride and groom in chronological order from childhood to adults to depict their journey to their wedding day. 170_0628_ejb171_0629_ejb

The huppah was handmade by the groom’s brother and lovingly delivered from Colorado. The eucalyptus décor was the perfect addition. 198_0735_ejb003_0922_ejb

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio overlooking a stunning San Diego sunset and ocean views.253_1271_ejb

Guests’ seating cards were displayed in potted succulents adorned with Scrabble pieces, to signify the couple’s favorite game.258_1266_ejb

Keeping with the San Diego theme, tables were named for the couple’s favorite local hangouts. 256_1256_ejb

Guests went home with handmade sweet treats, lovingly made by the groom’s family. 263_1289_ejb264_1290_ejbThe cake was simple and elegant decorated with purple roses and a custom cake topper.

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All of the memories were captured by the amazing team from Sutography Weddings. 304_1501_ejb

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s best wedding planning teams. With experience planning weddings in San Diego’s best wedding venues, including Coronado, La Costa, Carlsbad, and Del Mar, your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Vendors:
Stylist and Planner: Stephanie Rose Events
Photographer: Sutography Weddings
Hair & Makeup: Secret Salon
Flowers: Franco’s Flowers
DJ: Cloud 9 Entertainment
Cake: VG Donut & Bakery
Officiant: Rabbi Ian
Venue: Cape Rey Carlsbad

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St. Patrick’s Day Wedding In Ireland

This St. Patrick’s Day week, we are thinking ahead – one year ahead to be exact. March 2016 we will be celebrating the marriage of one of our newest client couples at the Dromoland Castle in County Clare, Ireland! This amazing castle dates back to 1014 and is surrounded by more than 400 acres of pristine woods and gardens including a lake and championship golf course. The castle itself has been transformed into a 5 star hotel with gorgeous event space – perfect for weddings and special events. dromoland castleDecember29th3

The walled garden can be used as an outdoor ceremony space and the surrounding grounds are a photographer’s dream! walled-garden WeddGall10Stay tuned for more details as we plan this destination wedding in Ireland!

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Bright Family-Friendly Wedding at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel


I had the absolute pleasure of working with Kathryn and Rob on a family friendly destination wedding. Living in Chicago, the couple wanted to bring their 5 children to Southern California for an intimate wedding ceremony in front of close family and friends. Their request was to make the event child-friendly and “non-weddingy”. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel was the perfect venue for a combination family vacation and wedding ceremony. We were blessed with a gorgeous autumn day that showcased the sweeping ocean views.The flowers, by Isari Flower Studio, were colorful and bright and featured elements true to our California themed wedding with sea shells, coral and sea stars. The couple’s children were adorable and served as flower girls and ring bearers. The girls carried candy pomanders made from Dum-Dum lollipops, while the boys wore pinwheel boutonnieres with their own candy centers.
Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Flowers: Isari Flower Studio
Officiant: Dale Gottschalk
Entertainment/DJ: San Diego DJ & Video
Photography: Ian Grant Photography
Wedding Design & Planning: Stephanie Rose Events

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Family-Friendly Wedding at Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

I had the absolute pleasure of working with Kathryn and Rob on a family friendly destination wedding. Living in Chicago, the couple wanted to bring their 5 children to Southern California for an intimate wedding ceremony in front of close family and friends. Their request was to make the event child-friendly and “non-weddingy”. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel was the perfect venue for a combination family vacation and wedding ceremony. We were blessed with a gorgeous autumn day that showcased the sweeping ocean views.a032-detailsc105-ceremonyThe flowers, by Isari Flower Studio, were colorful and bright and featured elements true to our California themed wedding with sea shells, coral and sea stars. a040-detailsa042-detailsThe couple’s children were adorable and served as flower girls and ring bearers. The girls carried candy pomanders made from Dum-Dum lollipops, while the boys wore pinwheel boutonnieres with their own candy centers.a020-details  c018-ceremony  b029-pre-weddingd065-portraits Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel / Flowers: Isari Flower Studio / Officiant: Dale Gottschalk / Entertainment/DJ: San Diego DJ & Video / Photography: Ian Grant Photography / Wedding Coordination: Stephanie Rose Events